Anger at ‘eyesore’ left by developers

Residents Norman and Christine Dunbar.

Residents Norman and Christine Dunbar.

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Residents have criticised a housing developer who left a green area looking an ‘eyesore’.

Cramlington residents have raised concerns about the mess left behind after improvement work to the former Parkside Middle School site was carried out ahead of plans by Taylor Wimpey to build 200 homes.

Contractors were brought in to improve pipework under public grassed verges by digging up a large stretch of land in Cumbrian Road.

But the work has been widely criticised by local people, including resident Christine Dunbar, a former Northumberland chairperson of the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England.

“I am horrified at the mess left by the contractors, which makes Cumbrian Road look more like an eyesore than a gateway into homes and the main shopping area of Cramlington,” she said.

“It is sad that the builder thinks this is acceptable. Hundreds of people live near this mess and thousands more pass it every day to go to work and shop.

“The land has been dug up and as a result rocks, large stones and debris has been left on the surface.

“This land needs to be tidied up properly and the mess removed from the land before the grass can grow back.

“As a local resident it creates a very bad impression of Cramlington and local people deserve much better than being left with shoddy mud heaps where there was once grass.”

A spokesperson from Taylor Wimpey said: “The excavated area on the soft verge along Cumbrian Road was to allow for the necessary storm and foul sewer tie in to improve the pipe work.

“The area has now been fully backfilled and is due to be graded, rotavated and seeded. The seeding will take several weeks to germinate and will provide a grassed covering.”